The rescue of Fannie and Freddie may have opened a new era of federal intervention in business.
The final tab may exceed that of the savings and loan bailout, depending on the depth of the housing slump.
Woes of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac revive debate on the role of government in the market.
Moves by federal regulators signal that the financial sector can't solve its problems on its own.
Let some troubled financial firms fail, U.S. regulators tell Congress. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are exceptions.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson indicate need for new regulation of banking industry.
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Higher mortgage rates since March are tied in part to investors' inflation worries.